Chito Victolero confirmed on Tuesday he will not return as head coach of the Mapua Cardinals in the next NCAA men’s basketball season.
“I’m not resigning, but my contract has already expired,” he said in a phone conversation.
After four years at the helm, Victolero compiled a record of 30 wins and 41 losses, leading the Cardinals once to the postseason in 2010.
Victolero, a vital cog in the Mapua’s back-to-back championship team in 1990 and 1991, said he has talked with management and both sides agreed it was the best decision.
“Time for me to step down na rin kasi last three years medyo okay naman performance pero goal natin is to win the championship at hindi kami naging successful,” said Victolero, a member of the PBA freshman class of 2002.
Victolero said assistant coach Randy Alcantara will replace him in an interim capacity as the Cardinals see action in the wildcard phase of the 2012 Philippine Collegiate Champions League this week where the Intramuros-based squad vies for a slot in the Sweet 16.
“Rest muna ako for a while, but I will still support my alma mater in my own way,” said Victolero, who met his wife, Lore Jean, at Mapua. The couple both graduated with degrees in industrial engineering.
“I’d like to thank the Mapua community, the management, and the players for the support they’ve given me, especially alumnus Glecy Estrella who has been our number one supporter,” he said.